Many, many, moons ago I started Couch to 5K. I was pretty consistent in the beginning, but then we got busy, so I would go a month (or so) without doing it. Yesterday, I jumped back on the bandwagon. The last time I did it, it was run 5 minutes, walk, run 3 minutes, and then repeat. I figured that I would still be there. Instead, I looked and it was run 5 minutes, walk, run 5 minutes, walk, run 5 minutes! The 5 and 3 killed me, so I was thinking, “we’ll see about this…” I ended up surviving. Shocker. Anyway, I am in this FitBit challenge (I’ll go into more detail on this in a minute), and yesterday it was so much easier having most of my steps done by 9 am. So today I decided to do it again, thinking it would be the 5 minute thing again. Wrong again, Jane! Today it was 8 minutes!
You would not believe how happy I was to hear the little “ding” at the end of the first 8 minute stretch. But something happened during the second stretch. The song “These Boots” by Eric Church came on. To me this song is directly tied to the Route 91 Harvest Festival and the massacre that happened there (I had a whole blog about that, but I didn’t post it). I knew that the “ding” would happen before that song was over, but I decided that I would keep going. All of the people that died, the people that were injured, and the people that were there and now have to go on living life were my motivation to push myself a little bit harder. Today my struggle didn’t seem to be that bad. Today they were my “why”. It was only an extra minute or so, but it meant something to me to be able to do that in their honor. Sometimes we have to dig deep and find motivation to do the things we don’t feel like we can do.
I peeked at the next workout and it is 20 minute of non-stop, so I might have to put the song on repeat to make it through tomorrow…
On a happier note: we are in the process of getting a new modular home. We have outgrown our house, and we have a larger piece of property across town, so it is in the works! I am one of those people that is always waiting for the other shoe to drop, so I haven’t told a lot of people. It’s a waiting game right now, but the house is ordered and I am ready to move in! I am a little sad, though. This was my first real home with the kids. This is where I picked up the pieces of our lives and created some much needed stability. I worked really hard for this house, and Tim and I started our lives together in it. So it is bittersweet, but a much needed change. I am not looking forward to being house poor, but we will make it all work.
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The next big news item is that after a year and a half of court proceedings and major stress we have FINALLY heard back from the judge about the kids! I never like going into too much detail about all of this, but the girls were not in a good situation when they went to visit their dad every other weekend. We finally had the proof that we needed to do something about it, so we took the opportunity to do so. I didn’t know it would take this long, and I have learned a lot about our judicial system in the process, but it is a huge relief to be done. The judge interviewed the kids almost a month ago and we have been sitting by the phone since then just waiting for him to make his decision. I now have sole legal and physical custody, and I am so relieved.
The next thing I want to mention is the FitBit challenge I’m in. The wonderful Virginia (No Finish Line Nation) had an idea in July to do an daily elimination challenge. I may have talked about this in another blog (I can never remember what I write) but I would just like to say how awesome she is. We started on 8/1 and she has put so much work into keeping track of 100 (ish) people. We have to have at least a 9,000 daily step goal. If you don’t make your step goal for the day, you are eliminated from the challenge. It is day 80 and we are down to 29 people. There have been so many days that I didn’t want to even do this, but my competitive side always wins out. I am so thankful for this challenge because the past few weeks I have just been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. If I wasn’t hitting my step goal every day, I would probably be gaining more than the 2 pounds. She is a rock star. If you have a FitBit, you should think about doing a challenge like this with your friends!
Speaking of losing and gaining the same 2 pounds over and over, I really need to stop sneaking chocolate milk! Hopefully getting back into the yogging will help with that!